Chia Jam – Refined Sugar-Free

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Chia jam is a novel way to enjoy a fruit jam when fresh berries are in season, though you can also use frozen if you let them defrost first.
This magical method allows you to totally eliminate the use of refined sugar; though you may sweeten with some honey, maple or agave syrup if the fruit is too tart.

The stars of this show are the humble chia seeds. They might not look like much in their dry form, but once they’ve been soaked for a few minutes, or even overnight in a liquid such water, almond/coconut/rice milk or in this case, mashed fruits, they swell up in size and become almost like the texture of tapioca.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries; mashed or chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds (more depending on the juiciness of the fruit)
  • 1or 2 tbsp. honey/syrup
  • 1 or 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Method

The ingredients are approximate depending on how thick you want the jam and the quality of the fruit.
The amount of sweetener can also vary according to your taste. Try adding it at the end after tasting to adjust accordingly. Simply place the mashed fruit in a bowl with the chia seeds and lemon juice and stir the mixture before setting aside for about 20 minutes. The seeds will absorb the juices to form a thick jam. If it is too runny just add a few more seeds and mix again.

Optional: If you want to, you can reduce the fruit a little over a low heat before adding the seeds off the heat; either method works.

Chia jam will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. Alternatively, it can be frozen.
Absolutely make this jam if you have a sweet tooth. You’ll love it! Make it often and enjoy it’s nutritive and digestive health benefits!

How to Use Chia Jam

This is the easiest fruit jam to make and can be used in a multitude of ways, just as regular jam.

  • Spread on toast
  • Use to flavour yoghurt, cereal or smoothies.
  • Add to your granola and muesli.
  • Top your porridge off. I like it with this millet porridge recipe.
  • Serve it with gluten-free oats that have been soaked overnight in almond milk and sprinkled with toasted split almonds. Definitely, this makes for a refreshing, nutritious breakfast.
  • Add to pancakes, crepes and blini’s.
  • Naturally, jam also goes well with cake.
  • Never underestimate the uses of seed crackers. These crackers plus this jam – yes please.

    Naturally, many variations are possible by experimenting with the fruit you choose. Adding just blackberries or just raspberries will produce a different result to simply using strawberries. Clearly, there is a lot of room for tasty experiments and many jams!

Not only can you make jam from chia seeds, but also chia pudding. Definitely check out this recipe for chia pudding. It’s a wonderful breakfast option, especially combined with fruit and nuts.

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Chia bia whole chia seeds
Chia bia Whole Chia Seeds

Nutrition

Chia Seeds are high in nutrients, including calcium and magnesium. Additionally, they are high in omega 3, fibre, antioxidants and protein.
Easily add them to your diet by sprinkling on top of muesli, granola, porridge, yoghurt and smoothie, or even use them as an egg replacement.

Berries are choc-a-block full of powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. These help reduce inflammation, support the immune system, skin and hair health and look after you overall.

Besides their antioxidant content, berries are also rich in a plethora of vitamins and minerals, fibre and water. These qualities help to keep your digestion at its peak, your skin glowing and your insides happy.

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